Meet the Snatchberrys and Grabingtons two families who have topped all other I-Wants and Gimmies with their self-centered games. When a member from each family meet they begin fighting over a free kitten they found. But when danger from the sky threatens to harm the kitty they learn that having everything isn't as important as sharing with others. Witty verse and colorful illustrations make this an instant favorite for kids of all ages.
Taylor Overbey was the managing editor of GLAD the Christian Humor Magazine for three years in the early 1980's. It was here that his numerous comic stories were published in over 17 issues. After leaving GLAD he moved to California where he wrote and drew short stories for Blackthorne Comics titles "Laffin' Gas" and "The Legion of Stupid Heroes" and self-syndicated a weekly comic feature called "Curious Words and Fascinating Phrases." He later wrote performed puppets and did animated cartoons for a children's DVD series "A Street Called Straight."
Taylor wrote and illustrated his first children's book The SNIT and George Franklin Whit for his son Elias when Elias was in the first grade. Nine years later he and his wife had a girl Sophia for whom he wrote The I-Wants and the Gimmies.
Taylor lives in Michigan with his wife Youla and two children Elias and Sophia. He is an adjunct professor illustrator animator and painter and is working on more stories.
"With his The I-wants And The Gimmies Taylor Oberbey creates a whimsical story about the importance of sharing and working together. His quirky characters are extremely naughty face a ridiculous danger and affect a change of heart all without any heavy&ndashhanded moralizing. This is a funny book for parents to enjoy with their youngest children." - Molly Alicki Corriveaum &ndash MFA- Professor of Illustration Kendall College of Art and Design Ferris State University
"Using fun-to-read-aloud verse that sounds like Dr Seuss and illustrations that mix Richard Scarry's bright designs with the whimsy of Mercer Mayer The I-Wants and the Gimmies offers a spritely tale of finding the joy of giving. Old-fashioned fun and with a good lesson delivery Taylor Overbey's colorful story should find a place on every child's bedtime reading list." - David Mathew Rosen Ph.D.- President O'More College of Design
"I found his new book very engaging and well-thought out. The illustrations and the messages he is communicating to the readers through these illustrations flow very nicely and are certainly engaging. He has been able to express something that is rather important and serious in a fun and at times even funny way. Overall I found this to be a great children's book and a fresh alternative to what is currently available in the market. I look forward to seeing the final copy when it gets published and I am certainly getting one for my son!" - Stylianos G. Vayanos Ph.D. Ph.D. M.B.A.